27-year old Kevin Bollaert is currently being held in a San Diego County jail, following a six-month investigation by the California Attorney General’s eCrime unit into revenge porn websites. Bollaert is the suspected ringleader of revenge porn sites ugotposted.com and changemyreputation.com.
He is believed to be responsible for posting more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos and charging victims up to $350 to take them down.
“This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives,” California Attorney General Kamala Harris said. “Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity.”
Revenge porn refers to the act of ex-lovers uploading illicit photos to the Internet, often accompanied by personally identifiable information, and done without the subject’s consent.
Court documents allege that Bollaert created ugotposted.com in 2012. Unlike some other revenge porn sites, this one requires the poster to provide complete identifying information about the victim, including their name, location, age, and Facebook profile link. When individuals requested their photos be taken down, Bollaert would reply with a changemyreputation.com email address and offer to remove the content for a $300+ fee, which could be submitted via PayPal.
A statement from the attorney general’s office said records from Bollaert’s PayPal account indicate that he received payments totaling more than $10,000.
The felony complaint also contains email text from “Jane Doe #6” who said “… scared for my life! People are calling my work place and they obtained the information from this site! I did not give permission for anyone to put up those pictures or my personal information. I have contacted the police but these pictures need to come down! Please!”
This Jane Doe is one of thousands. The state’s attorneys office accused Bollaert of receiving and reviewing 2,000 emails from individuals, requesting their information and images be removed from the site, between June 20, 2103 and August 26 2013.
Revenge porn is a pervasive and alarming problem but has existed in a legal gray area. These sites are difficult to take down and prosecute, as there is also no comprehensive federal invasion of privacy law. Posting revenge porn photos is not technically illegal because the photos may be considered the photographer’s intellectual property (unless they are selfies), and many were initially taken with the victim’s consent.
Operators of these sites have claimed they are not responsible for user-submitted content due to the Communications Decency Act, which prevents sites from being held liable for user-posted content.
However, the practice is spreading beyond isolated actions by angry former boyfriends and girlfriends, and experts fear it will spiral into a full-fledged industry. Creators of these sites (like Bollaert is suspected to be) are now using dirty tactics to procure illicit images in bulk and are demanding cash in exchange for taking the photos down.
This has caused victims, activists, attorneys, politicians, and law enforcement officials to mobilize, in an effort to shut these sites down and prosecute their operators. In October, California enacted a law that made posting explicit images of someone without permission punishable with six months in prison.
Via : venturebeat
If you picked up an Xbox One in the past couple of weeks you may be annoyed by the fact the console does not display the available capacity of its hard drive. It ships with a 500GB drive, but Microsoft has chosen not to share with users how much of that space is free. Microsoft’s reason for this is an automatic storage management system that just takes care of things.
I’m not happy with that reason, and I’m guessing many other gamers aren’t either. If you play a lot of games, you need to know if there’s enough space left to install the next one.
So, with Microsoft refusing to share storage details with Xbox One users, IGN decided to figure out the free capacity of the drive for itself. The result is quite disappointing. Gamers only have 362GB of the 500GB hard drive available to use (for comparison the PS4 has 408GB). Microsoft has since confirmed that 138GB is reserved for the operating system and first-party apps.
IGN figured out the available space by continuing to install games. They ran out of space at the 20 game mark, with the total space used coming in at between 362-365GB. They can’t be exact because the Xbox One won’t share specifics with the user.
Space for 20 games may sound like a lot, and it is when we’re in year one of a new console. But this is a console that’s meant to be sat under your TV for a decade, and inevitably in 2-3 years from now, hard drive management is going to become a thing that many Xbox One owners will have to do. Alternatively they could turn to external storage when it becomes available or wait for the inevitable 1TB (maybe even 2TB?) Xbox One model.
What’s clear is Microsoft has reserved a lot more space than it currently needs for the operating system and apps. If you consider installing every app available for the Xbox One right now only requires 1.6GB of space, there’s no way the OS needs 136GB. Some of that is going to be reserved for video recording of course, but there must be over capacity built in for the future.
The Xbox One will have an USB 3.0 expansion drive very soon. Hang in there. Also, each game consumes a different amount of disk space so your results may vary dramatically depending on which games you load. And, no doubt the internal drive will grow in size in newer models. For the near future, it works fine for 99.9% of the users.